Several national governments and global organizations (including the World Health Organization, Rotary International, and UNICEF) have joined under the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), with the mission to eradicate Polio by 2018. This requires the distribution of Polio vaccines, first introduced to the world in 1955. In contrast to popular belief, people in certain countries are still at risk of contracting the disease.
It is a challenging endeavour. Despite long-running efforts, Polio remains endemic in two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan (2015). This gap means other countries are still at risk of re-contracting the disease. Finishing the job is no easy battle. We fell short from eradicating the disease by the year 2000, as was the initial goal. Will we finally eradicate the disease by 2018?
Explore this visualization to see how our battle has unfolded from 2006 to 2014.